“These are handy tools to create and trigger conversations about what you can do, not what you can’t do....” Cultural Consultant

Knowing how and why you will use the animations is important. How you use the animations will depend on:

  • your knowledge of Aboriginal people, culture and history

  • your understanding of what social and emotional wellbeing means to the Aboriginal families and communities that you work with

  • the relationship you or your service has with Aboriginal families and communities in your area 

  • how you or your service currently supports the social and emotional wellbeing of Aboriginal children

Some users will have strong, existing relationships with Aboriginal families and communities, such as Aboriginal community members and workers. They might screen the animations for Aboriginal families and community groups to trigger discussion about some of the key messages contained within the animations. 

Some other users may have limited experience in working with Aboriginal children and families and might use the animations as professional learning tools to learn more about the important elements of social and emotional wellbeing for Aboriginal children.

Other users may use the animations to explore ways in which they can strengthen their existing support of the social and emotional wellbeing of the Aboriginal children they work with.

Be safe. Seek guidance.

It is important to err on the side of caution when using these animations. While you may have knowledge about, and experience of, working with Aboriginal people you may unknowingly upset family and community members through inappropriate use of the films. It is advised that you seek guidance from an Aboriginal person in your area, for example an Aboriginal community worker, health worker or liaison officer, as you involve these films in your practice or seek guidance from them on how to repair relationships if necessary.

This process may lead you to deepen your learning about the Aboriginal community and protocols in your area. It is also an opportunity for collaboration and partnership which will, in turn, strengthen relationships and develop deeper understanding between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people. It is important that you are clear about your intention before using the films so you can use them in a culturally safe and appropriate way - the best possible way!

Guidance video: Connecting to heal

Click below to view the guidance video Connecting to heal, which guides uses through which resources are appropriate for their circumstances.

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What's your situation?

The following interactive tool is designed to provide guidance resources suitable to the type of service or school you work in, and the strength of relationships your school or service has with Aboriginal communities in your area.  Simply tick the options that most suit your situation, and you will be provided with a series of guidance resources that you might find helpful.

See also

Aboriginal animations: Safety statement

Aboriginal animations: About the animations and themes

Aboriginal animations: Further resources

 

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  • Guidance resources:

    You may find the following guides helpful:

    1. Safety statement
      This resource highlights the need to use the animations safely, as some of the stories may trigger feelings and other reactions in the viewer, and those reactions will vary from person to person, depending on their culture, background and context. 

    2. Through your lens
      This guidance video is about the importance of creating culturally safe environments and guides viewers through how to use the animations responsibly.

    3. Starting conversations
      This guidance video explores the layers of meaning in the animations, highlights potential conversations about raising and caring for children that could be explored and describes some of the ways in which the animations could be screened.

    4. Connecting to heal
      This guidance video focuses on the importance of cultural identity, resilience and adults taking care of themselves for Aboriginal children’s social and emotional wellbeing

    5. Discussion points
      This guidance resource is designed for use in a Professional Learning session after viewing the animations. The questions aim to prompt discussion about key themes and messages in the animations, and encourage users to think about how their service supports those key messages.

    6. Act on it: Self-reflection tool
      This guidance resource is designed for use in a Professional Learning session.  It guides users in exploring how they support the social and emotional wellbeing of Aboriginal children and in the formulation of an action plan to strengthen that support

    7. Act on it: Action chart
      This guidance resource is designed for use in a Professional Learning session following use of the Self-reflection tool. Schools and services will input specific actions they can take to increase their knowledge of Aboriginal children’s social and emotional wellbeing.  It includes some key actions as examples to help you begin.

  • Guidance resources:

    You may find the following guides helpful:

    1. Safety statement

      This resource highlights the need to use the animations safely, as some of the stories may trigger feelings and other reactions in the viewer, and those reactions will vary from person to person, depending on their culture, background and context. 

    2. Through your lens

      This guidance video is about the importance of creating culturally safe environments and guides viewers through how to use the animations responsibly.

    3. Starting conversations

      This guidance video explores the layers of meaning in the animations, highlights potential conversations about raising and caring for children that could be explored and describes some of the ways in which the animations could be screened.

    4. Connecting to heal

      This guidance video focuses on the importance of cultural identity, resilience and adults taking care of themselves for Aboriginal children’s social and emotional wellbeing

    5. Discussion points

      This guidance resource is designed for use in a Professional Learning session after viewing the animations. The questions aim to prompt discussion about key themes and messages in the animations, and encourage users to think about how their service supports those key messages.

    6. Act on it: Self-reflection tool
      This guidance resource is designed for use in a Professional Learning session.  It guides users in exploring how they support the social and emotional wellbeing of Aboriginal children and in the formulation of an action plan to strengthen that support
    7. Act on it: Action chart

      This guidance resource is designed for use in a Professional Learning session following use of the Self-reflection tool. Schools and services will input specific actions they can take to increase their knowledge of Aboriginal children’s social and emotional wellbeing.  It includes some key actions as examples to help you begin.

  • Guidance resources:

    You may find the following guides helpful:

    1. Safety statement

      This resource highlights the need to use the animations safely, as some of the stories may trigger feelings and other reactions in the viewer, and those reactions will vary from person to person, depending on their culture, background and context. 

    2. Through your lens

      This guidance video is about the importance of creating culturally safe environments and guides viewers through how to use the animations responsibly.

    3. Starting conversations

      This guidance resource and video explores the layers of meaning in the animations, highlights potential conversations about raising and caring for children that could be explored and describes some of the ways in which the animations could be screened.

    4. Connecting to heal

      This guidance video focuses on the importance of cultural identity, resilience and adults taking care of themselves for Aboriginal children’s social and emotional wellbeing

    5. Discussion points

      This guidance resource is designed for use in a Professional Learning session after viewing the animations. The questions aim to prompt discussion about key themes and messages in the animations, and encourage users to think about how their service supports those key messages.

  • Guidance resources:

    You may find the following guides helpful:

    1. Safety statement

      This resource highlights the need to use the animations safely, as some of the stories may trigger feelings and other reactions in the viewer, and those reactions will vary from person to person, depending on their culture, background and context. 

    2. Through your lens

      This guidance video is about the importance of creating culturally safe environments and guides viewers through how to use the animations responsibly.

    3. Starting conversations

      This guidance video explores the layers of meaning in the animations, highlights potential conversations about raising and caring for children that could be explored and describes some of the ways in which the animations could be screened.

    4. Connecting to heal

      This guidance video focuses on the importance of cultural identity, resilience and adults taking care of themselves for Aboriginal children’s social and emotional wellbeing

    5. Discussion points

      This guidance resource is designed for use in a Professional Learning session after viewing the animations. The questions aim to prompt discussion about key themes and messages in the animations, and encourage users to think about how their service supports those key messages.

    6. Act on it: Self-reflection tool

      This guidance resource is designed for use in a Professional Learning session.  It guides users in exploring how they support the social and emotional wellbeing of Aboriginal children and in the formulation of an action plan to strengthen that support

    7. Act on it: Action chart

      This guidance resource is designed for use in a Professional Learning session following use of the Self-reflection tool. Schools and services will input specific actions they can take to increase their knowledge of Aboriginal children’s social and emotional wellbeing.  It includes some key actions as examples to help you begin.

  • Guidance resources:

    You may find the following guides helpful:

    1. Safety statement

      This resource highlights the need to use the animations safely, as some of the stories may trigger feelings and other reactions in the viewer, and those reactions will vary from person to person, depending on their culture, background and context. 

    2. Through your lens

      This guidance video is about the importance of creating culturally safe environments and guides viewers through how to use the animations responsibly.

    3. Starting conversations

      This guidance video explores the layers of meaning in the animations, highlights potential conversations about raising and caring for children that could be explored and describes some of the ways in which the animations could be screened.

    4. Connecting to heal

      This guidance video focuses on the importance of cultural identity, resilience and adults taking care of themselves for Aboriginal children’s social and emotional wellbeing

    5. Discussion points

      This guidance resource is designed for use in a Professional Learning session after viewing the animations. The questions aim to prompt discussion about key themes and messages in the animations, and encourage users to think about how their service supports those key messages.

    6. Act on it: Self-reflection tool

      This guidance resource is designed for use in a Professional Learning session.  It guides users in exploring how they support the social and emotional wellbeing of Aboriginal children and in the formulation of an action plan to strengthen that support

    7. Act on it: Action chart

      This guidance resource is designed for use in a Professional Learning session following use of the Self-reflection tool. Schools and services will input specific actions they can take to increase their knowledge of Aboriginal children’s social and emotional wellbeing.  It includes some key actions as examples to help you begin.

  • Guidance resources:

    You may find the following guides helpful:

    1. Safety statement

      This resource highlights the need to use the animations safely, as some of the stories may trigger feelings and other reactions in the viewer, and those reactions will vary from person to person, depending on their culture, background and context. 

    2. Through your lens

      This guidance video is about the importance of creating culturally safe environments and guides viewers through how to use the animations responsibly.

    3. Starting conversations

      This guidance video and resource explores the layers of meaning in the animations, highlights potential conversations about raising and caring for children that could be explored and describes some of the ways in which the animations could be screened.

    4. Connecting to heal

      This guidance video focuses on the importance of cultural identity, resilience and adults taking care of themselves for Aboriginal children’s social and emotional wellbeing

    5. Discussion points

      This guidance resource is designed for use in a Professional Learning session after viewing the animations. The questions aim to prompt discussion about key themes and messages in the animations, and encourage users to think about how their service supports those key messages.

  • Guidance resources:

    You may find the following guides helpful:

    1. Safety statement
      This resource highlights the need to use the animations safely, as some of the stories may trigger feelings and other reactions in the viewer, and those reactions will vary from person to person, depending on their culture, background and context. 
    2. Through your lens
      This guidance video is about the importance of creating culturally safe environments and guides viewers through how to use the animations responsibly.
    3. Starting conversations
      This guidance video explores the layers of meaning in the animations, highlights potential conversations about raising and caring for children that could be explored and describes some of the ways in which the animations could be screened.
    4. Connecting to heal
      This guidance video focuses on the importance of cultural identity, resilience and adults taking care of themselves for Aboriginal children’s social and emotional wellbeing
    5. Discussion points
      This guidance resource is designed for use in a Professional Learning session after viewing the animations. The questions aim to prompt discussion about key themes and messages in the animations, and encourage users to think about how their service supports those key messages.
    6. Act on it: Self-reflection tool
      This guidance resource is designed for use in a Professional Learning session.  It guides users in exploring how they support the social and emotional wellbeing of Aboriginal children and in the formulation of an action plan to strengthen that support
    7. Act on it: Action chart
      This guidance resource is designed for use in a Professional Learning session following use of the Self-reflection tool. Schools and services will input specific actions they can take to increase their knowledge of Aboriginal children’s social and emotional wellbeing.  It includes some key actions as examples to help you begin.

     

  • Guidance resources:

    You may find the following guides helpful:

    1. Safety statement
      This resource highlights the need to use the animations safely, as some of the stories may trigger feelings and other reactions in the viewer, and those reactions will vary from person to person, depending on their culture, background and context. 

    2. Through your lens
      This guidance video is about the importance of creating culturally safe environments and guides viewers through how to use the animations responsibly.

    3. Starting conversations
      This guidance video explores the layers of meaning in the animations, highlights potential conversations about raising and caring for children that could be explored and describes some of the ways in which the animations could be screened.

    4. Connecting to heal
      This guidance video focuses on the importance of cultural identity, resilience and adults taking care of themselves for Aboriginal children’s social and emotional wellbeing

    5. Discussion points
      This guidance resource is designed for use in a Professional Learning session after viewing the animations. The questions aim to prompt discussion about key themes and messages in the animations, and encourage users to think about how their service supports those key messages.

    6. Act on it: Self-reflection tool
      This guidance resource is designed for use in a Professional Learning session.  It guides users in exploring how they support the social and emotional wellbeing of Aboriginal children and in the formulation of an action plan to strengthen that support

    7. Act on it: Action chart
      This guidance resource is designed for use in a Professional Learning session following use of the Self-reflection tool. Schools and services will input specific actions they can take to increase their knowledge of Aboriginal children’s social and emotional wellbeing.  It includes some key actions as examples to help you begin.

  • Guidance resources:

    You may find the following guides helpful:

    1. Safety statement

      This resource highlights the need to use the animations safely, as some of the stories may trigger feelings and other reactions in the viewer, and those reactions will vary from person to person, depending on their culture, background and context. 

    2. Through your lens

      This guidance video is about the importance of creating culturally safe environments and guides viewers through how to use the animations responsibly.

    3. Starting conversations

      This guidance video and resource explores the layers of meaning in the animations, highlights potential conversations about raising and caring for children that could be explored and describes some of the ways in which the animations could be screened.

    4. Connecting to heal

      This guidance video focuses on the importance of cultural identity, resilience and adults taking care of themselves for Aboriginal children’s social and emotional wellbeing

    5. Discussion points

      This guidance resource is designed for use in a Professional Learning session after viewing the animations. The questions aim to prompt discussion about key themes and messages in the animations, and encourage users to think about how their service supports those key messages.